(103 minutes)
Director: Robert Kirk
Producer: Diane Estelle Vicari

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness is a celebration of the selfless humanitarian spirit and a testament to each and every individual. The film presents the story of Chuine Sugihara, the Japanese Consul and the fascinating relationship between the Japanese and the Jews during the 1930's and 1940's. In the fall of 1939, Hitler's murderous wave was sweeping through Eastern Europe. As a Japanese Consul in Lithuania, Sugihara used his diplomatic powers and defied government orders by issuing visas to two thousand Jews, enabling them to flee from impending internment to a safe haven in Japan.

A prolific filmmaker, ROBERT KIRK had produced and directed historic documentaries winning prestigious awards and honors. His three-hour long film, The Last Days of World War II was nominated for a 1996 Emmy Award in the category of Best Informational Program and his Remembering World War II earned the 1990 Emmy Award. Besides wearing the mantle of a producer on numerous television shows, the filmmaker has also delved into production of feature films including collaboration with Anthony Perkins on Destroyer. A graduate of the UCLA film school, DIANE ESTELLE VICARI has produced documentary films that show commitment to humanitarian causes and social change. Her credits include the Emmy Award winning Titanic: Death of a Dream, The Legend Lives On; the Emmy - Award nominee The Last Days of World war II and the network television special Angels II: Beyond the Light. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association.

DOCdance Productions
Diane Estelle Vicari
15247 Rayneta Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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